Eezi towing collect gifts for new mothers
Eezi towing workers Francois le Roux and Brad Cartwright’s campaign to collect baby clothes, toys and feeding bottles for new and needy mothers at the Frontier Hospital maternity ward has turned out to be a huge success.
The campaign, which is currently in its second round, has had an increased number of people donating to the worthy cause.
Le Roux said financial contributions had also helped them buy toys and clothing from local stores.
“We both have kids and my children were born in this hospital. When my last child was born here, there was another mother in the same ward. Her baby had nothing.
“The baby came from the theatre with a green blanket and that is all that the baby had.
“My wife and I decided to get that child some clothes and I went home to get some money. I bought the mother a starter kit that any mother would need for a newborn and we donated it to her. In this hospital you will see guys dropping off a pregnant woman and you will never see that guy again.”
Some women did not get visitors either, and Le Roux said they were thus inspired to help these women.
Cartwright, whose children were also born at Frontier, had a similar story to tell.
“There was a woman in our ward who did not have bottles or dummies. My wife and I shared some of our things with her. We have seen it first-hand, we know what goes on here.”
The campaign keeps on growing and this time, nappies, soap and maternity pads were added to the wish list.
The men said they were thrilled with the support by the Komani community.
They now also intend to do a run in aid of the John Vorster Old Age Home in December.
“The residents told me they would love nice meals or snacks.”
He said many of the elderly also did not get visitors.
Sister Nomsa Vananda said they were happy with what the two men did because there were women that were sent to them from different hospitals who did not have any clothes for the infants.
“We will keep the clothes to prepare for such occasions. It is very sad because some women get pregnant without planning for it, while some of them come from difficult backgrounds and their families may not have the means to help them.”
Frontier CEO Sindiswa Tywabi was unavailable for comment at the time of going to print. Should anyone wish to donate towards the John Vorster project, call 060-984-877 or 076-948-6631.
HELPING NEW MOMS: Eezi Towing employees Francois le Roux, left, and Brad Cartwright, flank Frontier Hospital sister Nomsa Vananda with the donations to moms and their babies